Art. 100, Quant vous levez le matyn: Introduction

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Art. 100, Quant vous levez le matyn: Introduction

Abbreviations: AND: Anglo-Norman Dictionary; ANL: Anglo-Norman Literature: A Guide to Texts and Manuscripts (R. Dean and Boulton); BL: British Library (London); Bodl.: Bodleian Library (Oxford); CT: Chaucer, Canterbury Tales; CUL: Cambridge University Library (Cambridge); DOML: Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library; FDT: French Devotional Texts of the Middle Ages (Sinclair 1979); FDT-1French Devotional Texts of the Middle Ages, . . . First Supplement (Sinclair 1982); IMEV: The Index of Middle English Verse (Brown and Robbins); MED: Middle English Dictionary; MWME: A Manual of the Writings in Middle English, 1050–1500 (Severs et al.); NIMEV: A New Index of Middle English Verse (Boffey and Edwards); NLS: National Library of Scotland (Edinburgh).

This Anglo-Norman prose item advises a Christian what angels to contemplate and invoke for aid in various situations. The eight-part list specifies ten guardians. Most names designate archangels, but a few, such as Rachel, seem to reference holy persons not commonly considered angels. Some names, such as Abyel and Pantesseron, cannot be identified with certainty. The source for this text is unknown. Variant versions exist in other English manuscripts.

[Fol. 134r. ANL 952 (2), 621. Rézeau 2:526. FDT 3499. Scribe: B (Ludlow scribe). Quire: 15. Layout: No columns, written as prose. Each item is marked with a red paraph and red-marked initial. Edition: Hunt and Bliss, pp. 240–41. Other MSS: Cambridge, Gonville and Caius College MS 451a, fol. 17r; London, BL MS Harley 1260, fol. 234; Oxford, Bodl. MS Rawlinson C.814, fol. 1v. Translation: Hunt and Bliss, pp. 240–41.]

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